O'Keefe Challenge

On Sunday, 1 May, 700 runners took to the O’Keefe Rail Trail as part of the O’Keefe Challenge (and a social Light the Trail Night Ride which took place on Friday 13 May). Fosterville Gold Mine was a major sponsor and also had a team participating in the event.

The challenge is a community fitness event that includes a Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10km and 5km fun run which leads runners through picturesque Bendigo and Heathcote bushland along the O’Keefe Rail Trail.

Fosterville Gold Mine also entered a team of 19 into the event, including a seven runner Ekiden Relay, and four runner Mini-Eki Relay which both placed second in their events.

The event aims to raise funds for the Heathcote Dementia Alliance, a dedicated group of volunteers working towards changing the way we care for vulnerable members of our community who are experiencing dementia.

Well done to the following staff for participating and supporting the fight against dementia:

Ekiden Relay:
Team “We dig deeper”
Alice Wilkinson
Chris Hildrew
Michael Fox
Daniel Foulds
Ellie Rae
Du Nguyen
Holly Rilen

Mini-Eki Relay:
Team “We dig deeper too”
Lloyd Collins
Karen McGowan
Daniel Foulds

10km Run:
Michael Dee
Andrew Mattiske

½ Marathon:
Jeremy Ricketts
Francesca Crossan
Full Marathon:
Hayden Symes

Light the Trail Night Ride (Approx. 26km): 
Rachel Peng
Andrew McOnie
Nick Kinross